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20 Oct

Teenagers Are Quitting HS Sports Due to Body Image Concerns Driven by Social Media

More teens are quitting HS sports saying they don’t look right for the sports based on what they see in the media and social media, according to a new study.

19 Oct

COVID-19 Linked to Increased Risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a Rare but Serious Autoimmune Disorder, New Study Finds

In a new study, participants recently infected with COVID-19 were six times more likely to develop Guillain-Barré syndrome, where the immune system attacks the nerves.

18 Oct

Adult ADHD Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A new study finds adults with ADHD are nearly 3 times more likely to develop dementia compared to those without the condition.

High Rates of Loneliness Seen Among Bisexual and Transgender People

High Rates of Loneliness Seen Among Bisexual and Transgender People

Transgender and bisexual adults have rates of loneliness that are much higher than that of cisgender and heterosexual people, new data shows.

Federal health data on U.S. adults from 2022 finds the highest rates of self-reported loneliness among people who identify as bisexual (56.7%) or transgender (rates ranging from 56.4% to 63.9%), acco...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Microplastics Found in Human Penises

Microplastics Found in Human Penises

Seven different kinds of microplastics have been discovered in human penises for the first time.

The tiny fragments, formed when plastic products break down in the environment, were found in four of five samples of penis tissue, researchers reported Wednesday in IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal.

These minuscule partic...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Colombian Family's Genes Could Hold Key to Delaying Alzheimer's

Colombian Family's Genes Could Hold Key to Delaying Alzheimer's

A Colombian family’s genetics are shining a spotlight on a gene that might help protect people from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

About 1,200 out of 6,000 family members carry a genetic variant called the “Paisa mutation,” which dooms them to early Alzheimer’s, researchers said.

But 28 family members with the Paisa mu...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Walking May Do Wonders for Back Pain, Study Finds

Walking May Do Wonders for Back Pain, Study Finds

If you've recovered from lower back pain, try walking away from a recurrence.

New research out of Australia shows that folks who started a walking regimen kept recurrent back pain episodes at bay for much longer than people who didn't.

“We don’t know exactly why walking is so good for preventing back pain, but it is likely to inc...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 20, 2024
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Certain Prostate Meds Might Help Prevent Dementia

Certain Prostate Meds Might Help Prevent Dementia

Prostate medications might help reduce the risk of a specific type of dementia, a new study suggests.

People were less likely to develop Lewy body dementia when taking drugs designed to treat urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, researchers reported June 19 in the journal Neurology.

“These results are exciting,...

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  • June 20, 2024
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1 in 4 U.S. Yards May Have Unsafe Levels of Lead

1 in 4 U.S. Yards May Have Unsafe Levels of Lead

The yards of 1 in every 4 U.S. households have soil lead levels that exceed new federal lead screening levels of 200 parts per million (ppm), a new study finds.

“I was shocked at how many households were above the new 200 ppm guideline,” said Gabriel Filippelli, a biochemist at Indiana University who led the new study. “I assumed it...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Could Blood Pressure Meds Help Prevent Adult Epilepsy?

Could Blood Pressure Meds Help Prevent Adult Epilepsy?

A class of blood pressure medications appears to also help lower seniors’ risk of developing epilepsy, a new study finds.

The drugs, called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), might prevent epilepsy in people at highest risk of the disease, researchers reported June 17 in the journal JAMA Neurology.

“This is incredibly...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Looking for Weight Loss? Go Nuts

Looking for Weight Loss? Go Nuts

Folks dieting to drop pounds should consider eating a fistful of nuts here and there, a new review suggests.

People who ate 1.5 to 3 ounces of almonds, peanuts, pistachios or walnuts daily as part of a calorie-cutting diet wound up losing more weight than those on the same diet without nuts, researchers said.

In fact, people on “nu...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Cyberbullying Common in the World of Online Gaming

Cyberbullying Common in the World of Online Gaming

Cyberbullying and sexual harassment are rampant in the world of professional video gaming and online gaming, a new study reports.

Nearly 96% of 145 video game players from 14 countries said they had been targeted online in the previous year.

“It’s not just an isolated incident,” said lead researcher Louise Trudgett-Klose, a doc...

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  • June 20, 2024
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Stay Cool & Safe: Tips as Heat Wave Pummels U.S.

Stay Cool & Safe: Tips as Heat Wave Pummels U.S.

A record-breaking heat wave is spreading across the United States, baking the Northeast and Midwest with high temperatures and sweltering humidity.

Everyone is at risk for heat-related illness as body temperatures rise, experts warn.

Heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps can fell anyone who overheats. People who are outdoors f...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Deadly Strep Bacteria Is Spreading in Japan

Deadly Strep Bacteria Is Spreading in Japan

A deadly bacterial infection known as streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) is spreading across Japan, officials in that country report.

In March, Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases issued its first warning that STSS cases were on the rise. As of June 2, Japan's health ministry has reported 977 ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummy Edibles

More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummy Edibles

The number of people severely sickened after consuming mushroom edibles sold as Diamond Shruumz-brand chocolate bars, cones or gummies has risen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

"As of June 17, 2024, a total of 26 illnesses have been reported from 16 states," the FDA noted in an updated advisory. That's up from 12 cases...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Dollar Tree Left Recalled Apple Sauce Pouches on Store Shelves Too Long, FDA Says

Dollar Tree Left Recalled Apple Sauce Pouches on Store Shelves Too Long, FDA Says

After a recall was issued last year for lead-tainted applesauce pouches linked to illnesses in over 500 children, the discount retailer Dollar Tree failed to remove all products from store shelves for too long, federal officials said Tuesday.

In a warning letter sent to the company, the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Leg Workouts Around Retirement Could Keep You Mobile With Age

Leg Workouts Around Retirement Could Keep You Mobile With Age

Folks nearing retirement shouldn’t skip leg days at the gym, a new study advises.

One year of heavy strength training preserves vital leg strength up to at least four years later, researchers found.

“This study provides evidence that resistance training with heavy loads at retirement age can have long-term effects over several ye...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Most Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Don't Offer Opioid Addiction Meds

Most Outpatient Mental Health Clinics Don't Offer Opioid Addiction Meds

Only a third of outpatient mental health facilities offer medications essential for treating opioid addiction, a new study finds.

Standard care for treating people with opioid use disorder involves drugs like buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, which help suppress cravings and blunt the effects of narcotics.

But most front-line ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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New Tool Could Spot Liver Cancer Early, Upping Survival

New Tool Could Spot Liver Cancer Early, Upping Survival

A new AI-driven blood test could improve detection of liver cancer, which is one of the most fatal cancers because early diagnosis is difficult.

The test looks for “fusion genes” -- two different genes that have become bound together, producing proteins that can lead to cancer.

A test for four specific fusion-gene combinations wa...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Smartphone Face-Screening Tool Could Help Paramedics Spot Stroke

Smartphone Face-Screening Tool Could Help Paramedics Spot Stroke

A new smartphone tool could help paramedics identify a stroke in seconds by scanning the patient’s face.

The AI-driven tool analyzes facial symmetry and specific muscle movements to detect subtle signs of stroke, researchers explained.

“One of the key parameters that affects people with stroke is that their facial muscles typical...

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  • June 19, 2024
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More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

As summers get hotter and hurricane seasons less predictable, more Americans now say that climate change affects their mental health, a new poll finds.

In a survey conducted among more than 2,200 adults at the end of May, 53% of respondents said they believe that the effects of global warming impacts Americans' mental health.

That's ...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 19, 2024
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Too Often, Overdose Survivors Miss Out on Vital Treatments: Study

Too Often, Overdose Survivors Miss Out on Vital Treatments: Study

Most seniors who survive a drug overdose often miss out on treatments that could help save them from a subsequent OD, a new study shows.

Almost 24,000 Medicaid beneficiaries died from a follow-up overdose out of 137,000 who survived an OD in 2020, researchers say. That’s nearly one in five (17%).

“People who have experienced one ...

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  • June 19, 2024
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Depression Around Pregnancy Could Take Toll on Women's Hearts

Depression Around Pregnancy Could Take Toll on Women's Hearts

Depression during or after a pregnancy could be tied to a heightened risk for heart trouble in women decades later, new research warns.

This so-called "perinatal" depression was linked to a 36% higher odds of developing heart disease within the next 20 years, reported a Swedish team led by Dr. Emma Bränn, of the Karolinska Institute in St...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 19, 2024
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